Notes to Grow On! Preschool music classes

Notes To Grow On! Preschool music classes are fun, yet educationally sound musical experiences for preschool aged children. Classes encourage active music making for parent and child in a fun, nurturing environment.  Notes to Grow On! music classes are based on sound research into musical education while recognizing the benefits for all aspects of a young child’s academic and emotional development. 

My classes are designed to lay the foundations important to musical growth, with the goal of preparing your child for private music lessons, when at the appropriate age and development. Activities are developmentally appropriate and incorporate singing, rhythm activities, dancing, instrument playing and focused listening -  having fun learning through music!

Classes feature activities and curriculum from a wide array of resources including the award winning Music Rhapsody program. 


WHY  PRESCHOOL MUSIC CLASSES??

Children love moving to music, are innately drawn to it and the benefits of involving children in musical activities are immense! Music is fun and if a child is having fun their brain is open to learning. Music is one of the few activities that uses both sides of the brain, thereby establishing more connections across the hemispheres and the more connections we have the faster we are able to think. Besides developing musical skills music can help children develop:

  • Listening and concentration skills
  • Control and coordination of large and small muscles
  • Memory skills
  • Spatial development: an understanding of 3-dimensional space and an awareness and ability to control the movement of their body in that space
  • Group social skills, for instance, participating and appreciating the ideas of others, taking turns and cooperating
  • Language/vocabulary skills
  • Knowledge of other cultures and times

In addition, music nourishes a young child's mind with rhythm and rhythm stimulates the growth of the frontal lobes of the brain. The frontal lobes of the brain allow children to:

  • Think about the consequences of actions before doing them
  • Work with patterns and designs
  • Plan ahead
  • Develop inner speech (verbal planning)
  • Develop muscle control
  • Have empathy for others
  • Maintain alertness
  • Sustain concentration  

Music is multi-sensory. By inputting information into the brain through multiple senses simultaneously, the learning is reinforced and multiplied. In our music classes we will sing and move to the music, thus the learning involves the whole body, and the learning is stronger than if only one sense is involved. Music is a powerful tool for learning and it has long been known that if an idea has a song or rhythm attached, children and adults find that information easier to remember. Think of learning the alphabet to the alphabet song or School House Rock and all the concepts they teach through music.

You do not have to be particularly musical yourself. Some people say they cannot carry a tune. That does not really matter. Think of it this way, you do not have to be a mathematician to teach your child to count, just as you do not need to be a musical maestro to enjoy music with your child. Children will respond to your enthusiasm rather than musical level. So have fun dancing and singing with your child, it will be good for both of you!


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We will be doing lots of fun activities in our music class, all with musical goals! 

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A vast amount of research has shown that music is a powerful medium that impacts children emotionally, cognitively, socially and physically. Designed for early years, Notes to Grow On! preschool music classes bring many developmental benefits to young students:

  • Rhymes and action songs dramatically contribute to language development and singing ability.
  • Beat keeping and movement activities improves coordination and athletic skills.
  • Dances assist in the development of spatial orientation and social skills.
  • Lullabies provide human contact and emotional growth.
  • Repetition within activities and the class aids in memory development.

Overall Music Goals:
♪        Steady Beat & Rhythm of the music
♪        Exploration of singing voice: high/low & long/short sounds
♪        Introduction to a variety of music
♪        Listening Skills

Working on these goals will in turn work on these academic goals:

  • Active Participation/Group Participation
  • Sharing & Taking (waiting for) Turns
  • Creative Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Colors & Shapes
  • Opposites: big/small, fast/slow, high/low, loud/soft
  • Language Skills/Vocabulary
  • Gross/Fine motor Shills

PARENT EXPECTATIONS FOR OUR CLASSES!

  • Actively participate with your child and have fun with them - this is a great time for you to focus on your child and their musical development!
  • Encourage your child but do not force them to find the beat or to participate - model the appropriate musical behavior
  • Encourage your child to treat the instruments with care; don’t throw them or drop them

Group classes are energizing but can be intimidating. Hopefully the children will want to participate in our music class. I welcome, and often encourage kid’s requests to songs/instruments and there will be times for sharing their favorite actions to songs and solo singing. It is my hope, that as children feel more comfortable, they will want to contribute/participate. This is often a child’s first time in a group setting and I want to make it a positive experience so they will enjoy participating!

"Thank you so much for being Sam's first music teacher! I love this class and how you truly teach them basic music concepts and not just songs. Sam has learned so much from you. Thank you!"

Hannah


“Thank you for being such a wonderful music teacher. Darcy has so enjoyed the class. I love your constant enthusiasm!! The different types of music you have introduced to the kids has been great but of course we will always love “Fire Truck”! Darcy’s words and ability to speak well has grown so much in the last few months! Thanks for making this such a great experience. We appreciate you!"

"Thank you so much for a fun music class! You have so much energy and your music activities were PERFECT! Thanks for letting the kids be themselves and just do their own "musical thing". 

Anne and Chase

When children are actively participating in music, neural pathways in the brain are making their strongest connections. Research studies indicate that children who are actively involved in music will:  

  • Do better in reading and math when they start school
  • Are better able to focus and control their bodies
  • Play better with others and have a higher self-esteem"

                  From Kidshealth.org